Around the Nation (March 16): Indians open AML facilities for summer youth camp

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BASEBALL

Indians open facilities for summer youth camp

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians are opening up their professional training facilities to youth this summer for a unique summer camp.

The new "Progressive Field of Dreams Camp" merges the name of the Tribe's home field with the title of the iconic baseball film starring Kevin Costner.

The 3-day camp takes place July 16, 17 and 19. It allows children ages 6-14 to develop their skills at Major League facilities.

Campers will participate in drills on the diamond at Progressive Field, use the team's bullpen and indoor batting cages, and receive a tour of the Visitors' Clubhouse.

The $429 fee also brings other goodies, such as team-marked gear and tickets to Indians Youth Baseball Day on Sept. 21.

The team's two-day, $79 camps also continue this summer around the region.

Injury sidelines Texas pitcher Kyle McClellan

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers right-hander Kyle McClellan could miss the first month of the season because of a strained lat muscle.

The Rangers scratched McClellan from his start Sunday against Seattle with the injury. Texas says in a release Saturday that McClellan should need three to four weeks of recovery before beginning a throwing program. Opening day is March 31.

McClellan, who had spent his entire professional career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Jan. 15 and was a non-roster invitee to spring training. After winning 12 games for the Cardinals in 2011, he was limited to 16 relief appearances and 18 2-3 innings last year because of shoulder and elbow injuries and did not pitch after May 17.

OUTDOORS

Ohio boat registrations at new record high

WILLOUGYBY -- Ohio's recreational boating fleet continues to grow.

For the fourth straight year, the number of Ohio boat registrations reached a record high, totaling 435,310 vessels of all kinds in 2012.

The prior record was 426,674 vessels registered with the Ohio Division of Watercraft in 2011.

The registrations include boats, jet-propelled personal watercraft, sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rowboats.

State watercraft officials tell The (Willoughby) News-Herald that the growing number of recreational boating registrations has been fueled by the popularity of canoeing and kayaking.

Ten percent of registered pleasure boats in Ohio in 2012 were personal watercraft, including the commercially trademarked names like Jet Skies and Waverunners.

The top five counties for boat registrations, in order, are the counties that are home to Columbus, Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati and Dayton.

FOOTBALL

Stallworth injured when hot-air balloon hits power lines

MIAMI -- NFL free agent Donte Stallworth is hospitalized with serious burns after the hot air balloon carrying him and two other people crashed into power lines above South Florida.

Stallworth's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says the 10-year NFL veteran won't suffer any permanent damage from Saturday morning's accident.

He says Stallworth's injuries "are not to the extent they will jeopardize his career."

Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland says the basket carrying three hot air balloon passengers crashed into the Homestead power lines while airborne.

Rutland says two passengers were injured and transported to a trauma center. A third passenger in the basket was not injured.

Stallworth played in one game last season for the New England Patriots, then went on injured reserve with an ankle injury.

USC's Silas Redd tears meniscus, out for spring

LOS ANGELES -- Southern California tailback Silas Redd will miss the rest of spring practice with a torn meniscus in his knee.

Redd will have surgery on his knee, but should be completely healthy for training camp in July, coach Lane Kiffin said Saturday.

Redd hurt his knee during practice Thursday. He watched Saturday's workout in sweats.

The Penn State transfer was the Trojans' leading rusher last year with 905 yards and nine touchdowns. He is expected to be USC's starting tailback again this fall as a senior.

Receiver Marqise Lee and quarterback Max Wittek also skipped Saturday's workout with mild knee injuries. Both are expected back in practice later this month when the Trojans return from spring break.

BASKETBALL

Texas Tech fires six assistants; still no head coach named

LUBBOCK , Texas -- Texas Tech has fired six assistant men's basketball coaches but retained interim head coach Chris Walker.

Dismissed were assistants Jeremy Cox and Bubba Jennings, Craig Wells and Jim Shaw in operations, and Josh Mills and Derrick Jasper in video production.

Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal on Saturday confirmed the firings, which happened earlier in the day.

Beal says there is no timetable for athletic director Kirby Hocutt to pick a permanent head coach.

Neither Walker nor Hocutt returned calls seeking comment.

Hocutt has said Walker will be included in the search.

Walker was an assistant during Billy Gillispie's lone season at Texas Tech last year. This year, he led the Red Raiders to an 11-20 overall record and 3-15 in Big 12 play.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal first reported the firings.

SOCCER

Crew tie Earthquakes in home opener

COLUMBUS -- Justin Morrow scored in the 74th minute to pull the San Jose Earthquakes even with the Columbus Crew in a 1-1 tie Saturday.

Morrow scored for the first time since May 2, firing a rising strike from 18 yards that landed in the upper right corner. Unmarked at the left of the box, he scored off a pass from Ramiro Corrales.

The Crew (1-1-1) took the lead in the 68th minute when Brazilian defender Glauber scored his first goal in his third MLS game, converting a diving header off a corner kick by Federico Higuain.

San Jose (1-1-1) almost opened the scoring in the 61st minute, but Chris Wondolowski's shot from inside the penalty area was cleared off the goal line by defender Chad Marshall.

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